Private Voucher Expansion Topic of Book at Forum

Screen Shot 2013-03-11 at 9.24.51 AMThe Spanish Journal will be hosting a book launch on Friday, March 15, 2013 at Casa Del Cafè at 6:00pm at 611 West National Ave., the Esperanza Unida International Building.

Walker’s Point newest coffee shop will be the venue for the release of “Defending Public Education From Corporate Takeover” by John Duffy, Todd Alan Price, Tania Giordani.

The Spanish Journal is proud to announce that the editor of the newspaper, Robert Miranda is a contributing author to this book.

Ballet Folklorico will be performing before the presentation.

Dr. Todd Price, one of the editors and presenters at the forum states, “this book describes the current state of the education system in the United States. Readers will be on the front lines of the protests in Madison, in the inner city public-turned-charter schools, and in the shoes of the teachers dealing with educational politics every day. By the end of this text, you may beg the question: who’s winning in the Race to the Top?”

The private voucher initiative (now more than 20 years old) is becoming the third-largest school district in the state. However, information needed from voucher schools is not being provided in order to determine if voucher students are doing better than their peers in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

“School “reform,” charter schools, mandatory testing, new funding schemes, selective admissions, curriculum changes, standards, and closures have made public schooling in America confusing. [The] biting commentary this book, written by very knowledgeable people, helps explain what’s going on. If you want information and analysis… here it is!” said William H. Watkins, professor, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate are not totally united with Governor Walker’s plan to expand private vouchers in Wisconsin. In addition, the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) unanimously voted to opposes private voucher expansion in their district.

What are the concerns and issues surrounding private vouchers?

“With salient political analysis from the frontlines of the struggle for public education in the United States, this collection is a must-read for educational justice workers, focusing on praxis-oriented theorizing from urban school districts in the United States. Chapters provide engaged and sharp analysis of the current punishing neoliberal landscape and examples of resistance”, said Erica R. Meiners, professor, Northeastern Illinois University.

“This book and forum is designed to provide information to the public about the hidden agenda and missing information the public is not aware of regarding private vouchers”, said Robert Miranda.

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